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JCDS celebrates Chanukah with shout out to new head of school

The children of the Jewish Community Day School (JCDS) of New Orleans gave back their love to newly-installed Oscar J. Tolmas Head of School Brad Philipson as one of the students portrayed him on stage – iconic bald head and all – in a Chanukah celebration that was held both...
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With Adam Schiff and Jerry Nadler leading proceedings, House impeaches Trump

WASHINGTON (JTA) — The U.S. House of Representatives impeached President Donald Trump for abuse of power based on allegations that he withheld defense assistance to Ukraine to pressure its government into investigating his political rival.

The House voted Wednesday evening after 10 hours of debate. The charges were abuse of...
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‘Latkes with a Twist’ event raises $16K for JCRS

By DEAN M. SHAPIRO, Special to the CCJN

The sixth annual “Latkes with a Twist” community-wide Chanukah party, held Thursday, Dec. 12 at the Press Street Station annex of the New Orleans Center for the Creative Arts (NOCCA), brought in over $16,000 and drew more than 200 attendees, organizers of...
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JCDS rolls out ‘Green Carpet Event’ gala

The Jewish Community Day School (JCDS) honored Susan and Howard Green, the couple whose significant gift helped establish a cutting-edge preschool in their name this year, at its annual campaign gala, which was titled “Green Carpet Event.”

It was a night where formal wear was eschewed and colorful outfits of...
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Victims of Jersey City shooting remembered as generous, helpful and courageous

JERSEY CITY, N.J. (JTA) — One opened a grocery store that became a hub for a growing community. Another was a young student who stood out for his charitable work.

Still another was an exemplary cop who tried to make the streets safer.

Finally, there was a worker who was...
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Suzanne Stone brews up ‘New Orleans Coffee’ history

By ALAN SMASON

When Suzanne Stone first moved full-time to New Orleans in 2013, she was busy attending to her duties as the temple administrator for Congregation Gates of Prayer in Metairie. A Chicago native who had spent her life hither and yon, she had relocated at that time from...
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Meet the ‘groyper army,’ a movement that wants conservatives to be racist and anti-Semitic

By RON KAMPEAS

WASHINGTON (JTA) — The young man in the smiley face baseball hat and the Teddy Spaghetti t-shirt had a question for Charlie Kirk, the founder of Turning Point USA, a pro-Trump youth movement. It was about an incident that long predated both of their births, and Kirk...
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Facing legal uncertainty, can Netanyahu run for prime minister?

By DOV LIPMAN

With little political movement and less than two weeks remaining for the Knesset to decide on a prime minister, Israel appears poised to head for an unprecedented third election within one year.

The biggest question hanging over that third election is whether Prime Minister...
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Netanyahu indictment highlights entrenched partisan divide

By DOV LIPMAN

The attorney general’s announcement on Thursday night, that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is being indicted for bribery and breach of trust led to strong reactions from all sides of the political spectrum.

Netanyahu called the indictment an “attempted coup” and called for an investigation...
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Everything you need to know about Israeli settlements and the Trump administration’s announcement

By LAURA E. ADKINS and BEN SALES

(JTA) — Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced this week that the United States will no longer consider Israeli Jewish settlements in the West Bank to be illegal.

Here’s an explainer about what the settlements are, how they are viewed in Israel and...
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